Ready to Give Up :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Domestic_goddess, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep it's 4 am and I've been up for the last 2 hours, trying to get my temps to stablize and not having much luck. It's only the first day and if this how it's going to be for 21 days, I'm not sure I can handle the stress. I feel like I've killed these eggs, before they've even begun. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong!
     
  2. TinaK

    TinaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take a deeeeeeppppppp breath and hop back into bed! The temps will take a while to stabilise and the more fiddling you do... the longer you will have to wait. The first few days are not 'do or die'... so you can at least know that you haven't killed your eggs yet! Good luck!
     
  3. Chicks on DL

    Chicks on DL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find a warm spot in th house that' s not drafty. I have read that because the egss themselves have to come up to temp which takes 24 hours. Be careful that once everything warms up the temp doesn't spike. Hope this helps until someone with experience wakes up.
     
  4. Bernie56

    Bernie56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Always run your incubator empty for a few days to get the temp stablized. I use 2 cheap aquairium thermometers, that you can sterilize between hatches. Once you get the temps right, add the eggs and leave it alone. It will take about a day to raise the egg temps...then it will stabalize again. Good luck! Hatching is fun!
     
  5. QuailGirl

    QuailGirl New Egg

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    Take a deep breath Hun all may not be lost my first hatch 1 day i found my incy at 40.c and another 2 separate days found my incy at25.7.c so i wouldn't worry just put the incy in a nice draft free warm spot in the house and let the incy stabilize for a few hours and only adjust the temperature little bits at a time if you need to as a sudden change in temperature can be dangerous. Sit down put the TV on what every you want get a cup or glass of something hot and cold take a deep breath and breath :)
     
  6. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, I was up for about 3 hours and finally fell back to sleep. What a nightmare. I had the incubator on for 24 hours, had it just where I wanted it to be. Then I opened to place the eggs in and have been struggling with temps and humidity every since. We are still flucuating between 98 and 101...it's so frustrated.
     
  7. TinaK

    TinaK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may just be your air temp that is fluctuating? Did you test the temps with a water wriggler?

    You will notice that the temp in the bator will fluctuate a few degrees depending on how sensitive your thermostat is but the temperature inside of the water wriggler (or alternatively sandwich baggies filled with warm water!) would remain the same.

    Your eggs are probably holding a constant temp with small fluctuations like that!
     

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